100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON by Larysa Valachko.


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100 reasons to live in Ottawa, ON
The intention of this series is to present easy to “digest” articles about everyday things and activities which make Ottawa a great place for newcomers and their families.
Reason 1: Freedom of choosing a caregiver for a pregnant woman.
As a new mom, I chose this reason to open the 100 reasons series as it is the one that convinced me that my husband and I had made the right choice when selecting Ottawa as a city to settle down in Canada.

Unlike in some other provinces, pregnant women in Ontario have the right to choose between an obstetrician or a midwife to be their primary caregiver during pregnancy, and in spite of the choice made, the services are paid by the OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
An obstetrician is a special doctor who takes care of the woman during her pregnancy and helps at birthing. Obstetricians take turns in being available during labor in the hospital, that means that the woman has a big chance to be assisted not by the obstetrician who looked after her pregnancy. These doctors are experts in dealing with different complications during pregnancy, labor, and birth. If a woman chooses an obstetrician to follow her pregnancy, she will deliver the baby in the hospital. An obstetrician and hospital birth is a great choice for those who have to rely on medical assistance or who feel safer by being surrounded by impressive medical equipment and staff.
Although many people will agree that doctors’ uniforms and their clinics unwittingly make the visitors feel less healthy. For a woman who has a normal pregnancy, it might be important to keep the feeling of being healthy and capable to give birth without going through stressful and often unnecessary medical exams and interventions. In this case a midwife is often the best choice to go for.

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